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 Post subject: New Freelancer Like Games
 Post Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:01 am 
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I've posted a few threads about some of the recent cool looking and very freelancer like games in some of the other Freelancer communities.. figured I may as well do it here too except I'll combine them into one thread to be less annoying haha.

I may as well start with the most recent one...

X4 Foundations - Split Vendetta

If it wasn't for Freelancer I would never have probably heard about the X series as being a little German studio they seem to go under the radar a bit. One of my mates who got me on to Freelancer in 2003 said "hey I found a game series just like it" and that was it, I was an addict lol. God knows how many hours I've put into the X series over the last 15 years.. and I'm still way behind in them due to my OCD urge to do and see everything haha! These days every man and his dog is making Freelancer like games but back in the 2000s and early 2010s there wasn't that much out there so the X series (particularly X2 and X3) was my way of dealing with Freelancer withdrawal symptoms lol. Sure they didn't have the great story and awesome planet landings Freelancer had but the ships and planets were gorgeous and the game universes huge. Being able to become a business mogul and build my own empire of stations and fleets of capital ships to whoops ass with was particularly fun and addictive for me. I've even been reading the X novels over the years to immerse myself in their universe further (although I'm gonna get stuck soon as they're not all translated to English haha).

Well anyway those who are familiar with X games will also know that pretty much every game they release is practically a friggin disaster at launch lol with endless bugs and broken or missing features. Then rather amazingly unlike most studios they then spend years releasing patches and addons to the games until after around 2 or so years the game is friggin awesome lmao! Sure enough X4 has followed that path and they recently released the first addon for X4 Split Vandetta which appears to be quite an improvement over the messy vanilla release. No doubt they'll be more coming too over the next few years. Presumably Egosoft must make their money back through addons as I don't know how those guys survive the bad first releases and somehow keep going. I think the first X game came out in 1999 so its over 20 years now haha.

Has anywhere here played X4 yet? I don't have it yet as I've been holding out of a physical collectors release (yeah I'm one of those old weirdos lol) which is probably not going to happen as they've said they can't afford it these days sadly but nevertheless I've been drooling over their videos lately to build some anticipation for the inevitable digital only purchase lol. I like how you can walk around the bridge of your capital ships while station construction looks way more advanced than previous games with you putting together all the modules yourself into whatever custom setup you want. Then of course you can walk around them and hire staff and mercs etc.

Trailer for the new Split addon looks cool...



And now they're doing a video series talking about each aspect of the game..

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Building - this is the kind of customizable station building I dreamed of while playing earlier X games and Freelancer​​.


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 Post subject: Re: New Freelancer Like Games
 Post Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:07 am 
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Over the last few days they've uploaded the final episodes in their series. I really enjoyed watching these.. but my god does the latest version look more complicated than ever! There's just SO MUCH you can do, customize and tinker with.

Think (Missions) - The mission management system in X3 Terran Conflict was a huge upgrade from X3 Reunion & previous games. Every time I'd play those older game sifting through endless cr*ppy news about spawnling donations and people laying eggs etc trying to find decent missions I'd find myself screaming "WHY DON'T THEY DO THINGS LIKE FREELANCER" lol and thankfully Egosoft eventually listened. The X4 version looks similar to the excellent X3TC one but just better organised and with more variety which is fine by me lol!


Explore - the exploring spooky derelicts part looked cool and reminds me of the stuff Star Citizen are toying with, except this game is actually finished haha (well sort of lol).


Strategy - this was one of my favourite things about X3 Reunion onwards (X1-2 it was much harder due to more simplistic system views).. sometimes I would park my ship for days and not go anywhere and just spend my entire playing time in the system views directing my fleets, managing resources, and building stations just like a game of Sins of a Solar Empire.

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 Post subject: Re: New Freelancer Like Games
 Post Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 8:39 am 
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He's another new Freelancer like game that I'm excited about, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw. It's been out for a while but its still not out for me yet as I cbf dealing with the Epic game store lol. Plus my current computer probably wouldn't run it anyway..

You can tell the devs are FL fans as the main character is called Juno and it’s got beautiful planetary landings! The graphics in space are stunning (although some people seem to hate them for some reason haha) and the cockpits look pretty cool too. Looks like you can land at bases & worlds and visit dealers & bars (even play pool lol).

This guy has done a good video review of it:



Here's some sexy screens I found: (Click to expand)
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 Post subject: Re: New Freelancer Like Games
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:11 am 
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It's funny, there I was getting all excited about Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and then someone over in the Freelancer Facebook group posts a video of an even more Freelancer looking game called Starpoint Gemini 3!

I'd listed the previous Starpoint Gemini games over in my Freelancer Similar games thread here at this forum as they had space combat, trading on stations and even some planet landing stuff however they still felt a bit different eg more of a big ship tactical combat game. However for this new game it looks like they've totally gone in a pure Freelancer style fighter game direction (which I think has upset some of their past fanbase but hey its great for us FL fans haha) with all the cool FL stuff like landing on planets and space stations to trade and visit their seedy space bars for work! It also has an interesting (unfinished) side game where you take control of a small probe infiltrating derelicts and space stations avoiding security systems that sort of reminds me of some of X2 – The Threat’s side missions.

The game is still in early access on steam so naturally it lacks polish but is already looking absolutely gorgeous!! The only fault I have with its otherwise stunning graphics are the very plastic mannequin like people but apparently the devs have said they'll be fixing that.

This guy has done a good video preview of it:


Here's some sexy screens I found around the place: (Click to expand)
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 Post subject: Re: New Freelancer Like Games
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There is some beautiful stuff there!

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DwnUndr wrote:
There is some beautiful stuff there!


Yeah it's so exciting to see these Freelancer inspired games coming out. Now I just need a computer that can actually run them hahaha! That's probably not going to happen any time soon so I'll just keep drooling over other people's videos in the meantime lol.

Speaking of which another sign (to add to the long list of other similarities lol) that the Starpoint guys are big FL fans is they've even added a mini Sirius sector to their latest alpha build as you can see the dev looking at it during their recent live stream at the 29:40 mark haha. He doesn't go there or say anything special about it.. but you can see it's there haha!

https://youtu.be/26a65L56SAU?t=1780



BTW does this forum support any sort of custom image size bbcode? The steam pics I posted are so huge they're messing up the display of the thread, so apologies for that! I tried all img size code I know of but had no luck..

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Blake00 wrote:

BTW does this forum support any sort of custom image size bbcode? The steam pics I posted are so huge they're messing up the display of the thread, so apologies for that! I tried all img size code I know of but had no luck..




no custom size ... we use thumbnail bb code

example [ThumbnailPop]link to image[/ThumbnailPop]


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Soupman wrote:
no custom size ... we use thumbnail bb code

example [ThumbnailPop]link to image[/ThumbnailPop]


Cheers! All pics fixed! Much better now...

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Some cool news I saw today.. Starpoint Gemini 3 will be released soon and has added mod support which is good as the game looks super similar to Freelancer (they even added a mini Sirius sector to the game lol) so if there was ever a good candidate engine for a future Freelancer mod it's this game lol. Of course who's gonna have the skill and motivation to do such a thing these days hey, but nevertheless its fun to fantasize about lol.

https://www.moddb.com/games/starpoint-gemini-3/news/starpoint-gemini-3-gets-modding-and-release-date

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Here's another one I forgot to post about here a while back lol! One of the great bonuses of making a Freelancer FB group a while back is that members alert me to all Freelancer & Wing Commander Privateer 'spiritual sequels' on the way haha. Last year was a good year for releases and announcements lol.. first Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, Then Starpoint Gemini 3 and now we've got Everspace 2!

The sequel is looking even more amazing than the first one did. The whole rogue like randomly generated galaxy put me off playing the last one but it sounds like they're going proper open world detailed pre-made galaxy like good old Freelancer this time around! And the planet surface areas look awesome too! Naturally it made it's Kickstarter funding total without too much trouble!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rockfishgames/everspace-2/

This guy has done a good video preview of it:



Here's some sexy screens I found around the place:
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That looks good as well!

It is a shame I have been sucked into the vacuum of Fallout 76 lol.

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DwnUndr wrote:
That looks good as well!

It is a shame I have been sucked into the vacuum of Fallout 76 lol.


I read an article the other day about how Fallout 76 is much improved these days thanks to NPCs and more quests etc. Will hopefully get to playing that one day but I'm way behind in my Fallout gaming lol.

Ooooh this guy has done a good review of the Everspace 2 closed beta currently happening. I like how he constantly compares to Freelancer instead of other games haha. He mentioned planet surface stuff but yeah who knows if its gonna be like Freelancer.


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